Community Briefs – October 18, 2019


Third writers’ workshop tomorrow

Plan your novel with us. The third Marianas Writers’ Movement workshop is on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, from 1pm to 3pm. This workshop will focus on creating characters for the novel you’ll write in November! Admission is free and open to people age 13 and over. Be a part of the Marianas Writers’ Movement!  This project is part of the “Rekindling Marianas Narratives: Write Your Novel!” mini-grant program and is made possible by support from the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, a non-profit, private corporation funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. (PR)

Zoning office closed on Oct. 24

The Saipan Zoning Office will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, from 7:30am to 4:30pm to conduct a professional development and training workshop for its staff. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at 7:30am. (PR)

Saipan to host terrestrial conservation conference

The 3rd Annual Marianas Terrestrial Conservation Conference & Workshop will be held on Nov. 18-20, at the Hibiscus Hall of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan in Garapan. Registration is free and open to the public, and will include presentations on terrestrial conservation, field trips and activities such as pre-conference proa rides and Mariana swiftlet field trip, and a lizard identification trip at American Memorial Park. To register, visit It also includes a birding trip, tree planting for Yutu recovery, Jeffrey’s Beach tour, and native limestone forest hike. For more information about the conference, or for donations (financial or in-kind) to help with organizational costs as well as to raise funds to enable students to travel to the conference to present their research, email Jill Liske-Clark at (PR)

SHRM meeting on Oct. 23

The Society for Human Resource Management NMI Chapter is inviting its members, associated HR and management staff, and interested members of the public to attend its next general membership meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Pacific Islands Club Saipan’s Charley’s Cabaret beginning at 11am.

The meeting will feature PSS Cooperative Education program coordinator Brandon Nicholas and Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence executive director Maisie Tenorio. This meeting is open to the public.
The presentation includes a lunch buffet at the cost of $20 for SHRM members and $30 for non-members. Reserve your seat by contacting Penny Jones by email at or Denise Montenegro at or by telephone at 323-5867/68. 

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The NMI Chapter is affiliated with the national organization. For more information about the NMI Chapter, visit their website at (PR)

Golf tournament fundraiser for JKPL

The 4th Annual Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library Golf Tournament Fundraiser is happening on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Laolao Bay Golf & Resort’s west course. Game format is Low Gross and Double Peoria, 2-Person Scramble (Men and Women). Cost to participate is $200 entry per team. All proceeds will help support the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and its resource and collection development, circulation materials, and library programs. Last day to register is Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5pm. (PR)

IRS relief for farmers and ranchers affected by drought

The Internal Revenue Service has extended tax relief for farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought, flooding, or other severe weather in recent years. Farmers and ranchers in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for federal assistance. A list of all eligible areas in 32 states, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, can be found in Notice 2019-54 Extension of Replacement Period for Livestock Sold on Account of Drought, available on More information on reporting drought sales and other farm-related tax issues can be found on (PR)

Kagman schools set PTSA meeting

This is to inform all parents, guardians, and the community that the Kagman Unified Schools will be having a Parents Teachers Students Association meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at 5:30pm in the Chacha Ocean View Middle School cafeteria. We are encouraging all parents, and guardians to attend this meeting. Child care will be provided. Please call the any of the three schools at 237.3150 (KagEs), 237-3165 (COVMS), or 237-3196 (KHS) if you have any questions or concerns. (PR)

Master’s degree options at UOG

Those considering a master’s degree now or in the future will have an opportunity to explore 15 options available at the University of Guam through the university’s Graduate Program Recruitment Fair this Thursday. The fair is open to the public and will take place from 4pm to 7pm in the Micronesian ballroom at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.

The fair will feature tables for each of UOG’s graduate programs and will also provide opportunities for attendees to speak first-hand with current graduate students and faculty. Financial aid and admissions assistance will also be available, including information on available scholarships and assistantships. Pupus will be provided. For more information, contact 735-2205 or (PR)

Saipan writers’ workshop on Saturday

A Saipan writers’ workshop called “Little Flights of Fancy” World Tour will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, to be led by local author Walt Goodridge.

In this interactive three-hour workshop, Goodridge will share step-by-step instructions on how to start your book project, publish independently, and go from idea to sales. Goodridge is author of over two dozen books in a variety of genres.

This unique workshop will be held from 9am to 12pm, at the JKPL’s video teleconference room. Admission is $10 in advance, and $12 at the door (20% of admission proceeds will be donated to the library on the day of the event).
Seating is limited. To register, visit the front desk of the library as soon as possible. For more information, visit (PR)

Business Expo 2019 on Nov. 9

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce will hold its newly re-instated Chamber Business Expo on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9am to 4pm at the Saipan World Resort. The goal is for Chamber members to showcase their company and new products and services to the local market.
To sign up to be an exhibitor:

1. Visit and download the application packet on the Saipan Chamber of Commerce website at in the Events Page.

2. Complete and submit applications with payment to the Saipan Chamber of Commerce office on the third floor, Suite 315 of the Marianas Business Plaza or email to

3. Registration is currently open and deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, by 5pm.

Reservations for booths are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Noelani McMahon at or call the Chamber office at (670) 234 -7150. (PR)

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